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ISSUE 219, April 2018

Allegations fly as Rupert Dell ordered to pay Leadmill £370k 

THE FORMER general manager of Sheffield’s The Leadmill (cap. 900), Rupert Dell, has been told to pay the venue £370,000 for breach of contract.

Dell, who now operates as an independent promoter, was found liable for damages and costs by Sheffield County Court, after being accused of harassing and bullying staff, falsifying figures and making bookings for rival venue Plug (1,200), following his dismal in early 2014, breaching the terms of his termination. 

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Stalemate over attempt to
raise live performance tariff  

THE UNWILLINGNESS of performance royalty collection body PRS For Music to incorporate a direct licensing solution in its new live tariff, has caused the deal to hit the buffers.

PRS believed they had reached agreement last July with interested live sector groups, such as the Concert Promoter’s Association, British Association of Concert Halls and the Association of Independent Festivals, over the terms of its new Light and Popular (LP) tariff. 

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Shows cancelled after fire 

THE IMPACT of a major blaze has left Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre (cap. 1,449) unable to open, causing shows to be cancelled for at least the next two months.

A huge fire at Victoria’s nightclub, which the theatre backs onto, on 22 March has left the 114-year-old Pavilion badly smoke damaged. At one stage it was feared the theatre may also be engulfed in flames as they threatened to spread while being battled by more than 100 firefighters. 

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Newton leaves WGT 

DAVE NEWTON, a founding partner and CEO of online ticketing platform WeGotTickets (WGT) has left the company.

Newton started WGT in 2000 with Andy Clyde, as part of a ticket channel for online shop OxfordMusic. It was spun-off as a company two years later, pioneering the e-ticket system using reference numbers.

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Resale sites are ignoring law and
ASA restrictions, say investigators

THE BIG 4 secondary ticketing platforms are continuing to advertise tickets at misleading prices, despite new laws which specifically forbid them from doing so, say investigators working for The Times newspaper.

Additionally, Viagogo, eBay-owned StubHub and Ticketmaster-owned Seatwave and Get Me In! have been banned from displaying deceptive pricing information on their websites by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). 

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Horseman joins Coalition 

COALITION AGENCY has appointed former Coda Agency MD Claire Horseman as a non-executive director.

Horseman departed Coda in 2017, after five years in the role.

Also joining Coalition are the founders of production company Eleven 11 Events Anthony Norris and Owen Kent. 

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Manchester Arena changes hands 

THE 21,000-CAPACITY Manchester Arena has been bought as part of a £436 million deal by property investment trust Secure Income Reit. 

Included in the deal is the venue’s 1,000-space car park and offices, along with pubs and hotels in the portfolio of current owner Mansford – also a property investment firm.  

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Bid to boost diversity with grassroots promoter plan  

AN INITIATIVE aimed at increasing the number of female promoters working at grassroots level has been unveiled by the Music Venues Trust (MVT), which campaigns to help venues operating in the sector.

The registered charity says it has funding arranged to stage 100 shows across the country, giving women under 25 the chance to learn skills to become a promoter. 

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See beats touts with fan-to-fan  

ETHICAL RESALE platform Fan-to-Fan, launched by See Tickets a year ago, has allowed more than 15,000 customers to buy pre-owned tickets at fair prices.

Fan-to-Fan enables See customers to resell tickets bought from the company, at no more than five per cent above face-value, allowing for earlier booking fees (see LIVE UK issue 207).  

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AIF goes independent  

THE ASSOCIATION of Independent Festivals (AIF) is to operate as a company in its own right, after separating from the Association of Independent Music (AIM).

Founded as a division of AIM by Bestival (cap. 35,000) co-founder Rob da Bank and his manager Ben Turner, AIF – which marks its 10th anniversary this year – now represents 65 festival members.  

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Funding boost for Bradford Live

THE TRANSFORMATION of the former Bradford Odeon cinema into a 4,000-capacity live music venue has edged a step closer, after the project secured £4 million in funding.

Created by a consortium of local businessmen, Bradford Live bought the cinema, which had been closed since 2000, four years ago and has been attempting to raise funds for its renovation. An additional £4m has now been confirmed from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. 

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Government shares in Dome deal rewards  

MULTINATIONAL VENUE operator AEG has earned £300 million in dividends since redeveloping the site of the former Millennium Dome in London’s Greenwich, and opening The O2 (cap. 21,000) a decade ago. 

The venue posted revenue of £96.7m for 2017, with profits rising 13.3 per cent to £33.5m. The total number of events also increased by 16 from the previous year, to 208, while attendance was up by 500,000 to 2.7m. 

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Full Fairfield opening not until next year 

CROYDEN’S Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,750) and the adjacent Ashcroft Theatre (700) will not be fully functional until next year.

After closing in July 2016 as part of a £30 million renovation, it was expected the venues would reopen in July this year, then pushed back till November.  

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GigRev plans expansion of
‘power to the artiste’ app

WHITE-LABEL app service GigRev has launched a £250,000 crowdfunding campaign through Seedrs, as it seeks to expand internationally.

The platform allows artistes to share content with their fans, live stream videos via their phones and buy pre-sale tickets and merchandise. 

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Campaigners against ticket abuse recognised 

THE WORK of anti-touting campaign group FanFair Alliance and Victim of Viagago founder Claire Turnham to clean-up the secondary ticketing market has been recognised with a consumer award. 

Turnham established the Victims’ Facebook group after she was charged £1,421 for four tickets to see Ed Sheeran by the Switzerland-based resale site, having believed the total cost would be £263 (see LIVE UK issue 206). 

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Theatre fit for the future

THE £13.7 million restoration of Darlington’s Civic Arts Centre and transformation into Darlington Hippodrome has created a venue “for generations to come”, says its theatre director.

The Arts Centre closed in May 2016 and the Hippodrome opened 18 months later following a project which saw seating capacity increase from 300 to 1,000.  

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Record sell-out for Boomtown 

THE 60,000-capacity Boomtown Fair has sold-out four months in advance, making it the festival’s fastest selling edition in its 10-year history. 

Having scrapped plans to expand capacity to 80,000, the festival’s organisers have been successful in their application to Winchester City Council to extend the event from four to five days. 

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Labour Party to hold festival  

THE LABOUR Party is to stage a one-day music festival in London this summer.

Labour Live is set to take place at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane recreation ground on 16 June and feature artistes such as Rae Morris, the Magic Numbers and Jermain Jackman, with more to be announced. 

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Henley introduces new talent 

THE FIVE-day Henley Festival (cap. 6,200) is linking-up with BBC Music Introducing for the first time in its 36-year history, as its seeks to give more undiscovered acts a break.

Emerging artistes will open the Floating Stage arena (4,500), set on the Thames-side embankment, each day of the black-tie event, which takes place from 11-15 July. 

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Ownership change for Music Week 

INDUSTRY MAGAZINE Music Week has been sold for the second time in eight years, as part of a $13.8 million (£9.8m) deal, which sees Future acquire New York-based NewBay Media. 

With offices in London and New York, NewBay has a B2B portfolio that includes events and publications covering music, TV, audio, electronics and education. “NewBay is clearly aligned with Future in its mission to create content that connects with market leading titles,” says Future CEO Zillah Byng-Thorne.  

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  UK Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 88-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.
  UK Venues for Contemporary Live Music (2017)
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls

The annual 92-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring a directory, interviews with and profiles of key figures.